Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Board Certified Specialist in Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology, Albert Ellis Institute
Which bucket would your therapy style fit into primarily?
I am certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and that is my primary approach to therapy. However, depending on the client’s sensibilities, I often take an eclectic approach where I combine themes of Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution Focused Based Therapy and Existential Therapy along with Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy.
What’s that defining feature of your approach to therapy?
Every client is empowered to look beyond their distress and choose ways to heal him/herself. What they need is a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where they can process their emotions, understand their behavioural and cognitive patterns, experience catharsis and re-write their mental health story.
As a psychotherapist, I provide the space and expertise for the client to experience the above while following the ethical requirements of psychotherapy.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Targets psychological problems by looking at learned patterns of unhelpful behaviour. Helps better understand and identify distorted thoughts and develop a better sense of confidence in one’s own abilities.
Psychodynamic therapy: Focuses on recognizing, acknowledging, understanding, expressing, and overcoming negative and contradictory feelings and repressed emotions in order to improve the patient’s interpersonal experiences and relationships.
Existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning—often centering on you rather than on the symptom. The approach emphasizes your capacity to make rational choices and to develop to your maximum potential.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: A form of cognitive behavior therapy where a person’s problems are seen as the result of turning healthy desires for success, approval, and pleasure into demands (e.g., “I must achieve this or I am an inadequate person”). Because of its emphasis on thinking, feeling, and acting as integrated processes, REBT uses a variety of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral techniques to interrupt clients’ irrational beliefs and encourage them to think in more rational ways.